Evergrey

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Evergrey
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Evergrey performing live at Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland on March 20, 2008
Background information
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genres Progressive metal
Power metal
Years active 1995–present
Labels AFM Records
Associated acts Embraced
Website evergrey.net
Members Tom S. Englund
Rikard Zander
Johan Niemann
Henrik Danhage
Jonas Ekdahl
Past members Patrick Carlsson
Dan Bronell
Daniel Nöjd
Will Chandra
Sven Karlsson
Michael Håkansson
Christian Rehn
Fredrik Larsson
Jari Kainulainen
Marcus Jidell
Hannes Van Dahl

Evergrey is a progressive metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was founded in 1995 and released its debut album, The Dark Discovery, in 1998. After a minor hiatus the band returns with its ninth album Hymns for the Broken on 26/30 September 2014. [1]

Lyrical themes[edit]

Evergrey's lyrics have always been of the darker sort, and the same can be said of the band's imagery. While The Dark Discovery dealt with a variety of ideas, many later albums have been concept albums, dealing with issues like self-reformation (Recreation Day), paranoia, alien abduction (In Search of Truth), child abuse, cults, and religion (The Inner Circle).

Recreation Day is an album that covers many issues, ranging from death and mourning to general fear and sorrow, all of which contribute to a greater concept of re-creation of oneself. These ideas are explored from many different points of view, such as someone contemplating suicide ("As I Lie Bleeding"), mourners after a funeral ("I'm Sorry," a cover of Dilba Demirbag's hit), and dying people's looking back on their "unforgivable" sins ("Unforgivable"). "Unforgivable" also acted as a catalyst for the next album, (The Inner Circle), which dealt with the same two issues described in the song: religion and child abuse.

Recent events[edit]

On April 4, 2006, Evergrey released their sixth studio album, Monday Morning Apocalypse. The album was produced and mixed by Sanken Sandquist and Stefan Glauman, former producers of Rammstein, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, among others.[citation needed] Tom S. Englund said, regarding the collaboration: "We feel honoured to work with such amazing producers. We are sure that they will succeed in making us sound better than ever before."[citation needed] The album debuted at No. 6 in Sweden.[2]

During summer 2006, Evergrey played at many festivals throughout Europe: among others, Sweden Rock Festival, Download Festival, Arvika Festival, Masters of Rock, Storsjöyran and Sziget Festival. From May 5 to May 30, the band toured the United States with In Flames, Nevermore and Throwdown. On September 15 they headlined Prog Power VII in Atlanta, Georgia.[3]

On October 24, 2006, Evergrey started a new European tour. They were supported by fellow Swedish death metal band Avatar,[4] and they visited Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden.[5]

Evergrey released their seventh studio album, Torn, in September 2008, continuing with their trademark lyrical themes of desperation and despair. Jari Kainulainen permanently filled the role on August 6, 2007, who also played bass on Torn.[6]

On May 8, 2008, Evergrey announced that they had signed a deal with Steamhammer/SPV. This included the release of their new album and the entire back catalogue. It also was announced that the new album, Torn, would be released early in September 2008.[7] As the deal includes the band's entire back catalog, there is the possibility of re-releases of previous Evergrey albums with the inclusion of added bonus material.

In July 2008, Swedish/Danish band Amaranthe announced that keyboardist Rikard Zander, along with In Flames bassist Peter Iwers, would make a guest appearance on their upcoming album.

In May 2010, it was announced that Jonas Ekdahl, Henrik Danhage and Jari Kainulainen have all left Evergrey by mutual decision because of problems with the band members interacting with each other. They called it quits as to not ruin the friendship they all have with each other.[8]

An article posted November 13, 2010 on Evergrey's blog contained dates for upcoming concerts as well as the confirmation of a new album titled Glorious Collision on February 28, 2011.[9]

Via Facebook posts in November 2013, while writing the next Evergrey album due for release in 2014, the band first confirmed that drummer Hannes Van Dahl would be leaving the band to join Sabaton full-time, and then due to "problems working together" guitarist Marcus Jidell would also be leaving.

In August 2014 the release of the music video for King of Errors from the forthcoming Hymns For The Broken revealed that Henrik Danhage and Jonas Ekdahl had returned to the band.

Personnel[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[10]
FRA
[11]
FIN
[12]
The Dark Discovery
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Gothenburg Noiseworks, GNW Records
  • Formats: CD
Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy
  • Released: May 17, 1999
  • Label: Gothenburg Noiseworks, Hall Of Sermon
  • Formats: CD
In Search of Truth
  • Released: September 18, 2001
  • Label: Inside Out Music, Nothing To Say
  • Formats: CD, digital download[13]
59
Recreation Day
  • Released: March 11, 2003
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[14]
18 148
The Inner Circle
  • Released: April 27, 2004
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[15]
24 189
Monday Morning Apocalypse
  • Released: April 4, 2006
  • Label: Inside Out Music, SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD, digital download[16]
6
Torn
  • Released: September 19, 2008
  • Label: Steamhammer/SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD, digital download[17]
4 185
Glorious Collision
  • Released: February 22, 2011
  • Label: Steamhammer/SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD, LP
8 36
Hymns for the Broken
  • Released: September 26, 2014
  • Label: AFM Records
  • Formats: CD
43 24
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
A Decade And A Half
  • Released: November 22, 2011
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • Formats: CD, digital download[18]

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
A Night to Remember
  • Released: March 15, 2005
  • Label: Inside Out Music, SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD, digital download[19]

Video albums[edit]

Title Video details Peak chart positions
SWE
[20]
A Night to Remember
  • Released: March 15, 2005
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[21]
2003 "I'm Sorry" Recreation Day
2006 "Monday Morning Apocalypse" 19 Monday Morning Apocalypse
2011 "Wrong" Glorious Collision
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Directed Album
1998 "For Every Tear That Falls"
The Dark Discovery
2001 "The Masterplan"
In Search Of Truth
2003 "I'm Sorry"
Recreation Day
"Blinded"
2004 "A Touch Of Blessing" Patric Ullaeus[24][25][25] The Inner Circle
2006 "Monday Morning Apocalypse" Monday Morning Apocalypse
2008 "Broken Wings" Torn
2011 "Wrong" Glorious Collision
2014 "King Of Errors" Hymns For The Broken

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evergrey To Release 'Hymns For The Broken' In September". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  2. ^ "#6 debut on the Swedish charts!". Evergrey.net. 2006-03-31. Archived from the original on 2006-10-12. Retrieved 2006-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Evergrey tour dates archive". Evergrey.net. 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2006-10-24. 
  4. ^ "Evergrey European tour announced". Evergrey.net. 2006-09-28. Archived from the original on 2006-10-12. Retrieved 2006-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Evergrey European tour dates". Evergrey.net. 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2006-10-24. 
  6. ^ "So, here he is!". Evergrey.net. 2007-08-06. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Evergrey.net - The Official Home of Evergrey". Evergrey.net. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-05-11. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Time for some changes". Evergrey.net. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Les charts français". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Finnish charts portal". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - In Search of Truth by Evergrey". Itunes.apple.com. 2001-09-18. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Recreation Day by Evergrey". Itunes.apple.com. 2003-03-24. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Inner Circle by Evergrey". Itunes.apple.com. 2004-04-26. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Monday Morning Apocalypse by Evergrey". Itunes.apple.com. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Torn by Evergrey". Itunes.apple.com. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - A Decade and a Half by Evergrey". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - A Night To Remember by Evergrey". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-03-14. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  20. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan.se. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  21. ^ Steffen Hung (2006-03-09). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  22. ^ [2][dead link]
  23. ^ "Evergrey's 'Wrong' Single Certified Gold In Sweden". Blabbermouth.net. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  24. ^ "Evergrey: 'Broken Wings' Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  25. ^ a b "EVERGREY: 'King Of Errors' Video Released; New Lineup Unveiled". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 

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